2012 – 2013
209 SADIE STREET
Fax: (319) 462-2332
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Raider Fight Song...................................4
Non Discrimination Policy…...............5
Release of Information………....……5
Adverse Weather and
Visitors and Parents................................7
Food and Beverages................................8
Nurse and Medication............................8
Breakfast Club/Learning Lab.................9
Grade Point Scale..................................15
Adding and Dropping
and Cell Phones…...........…......….21
Dismissal from Class.............................22
Displays of Affection..............................23
Disrespect to Staff member.................23
Disruptive or Inappropriate Behavior/
Dress Code/ Student
Cheating and Plagiarism.......................24
Student Parking/Cars at School.........25
Dugs and Alcohol..................................26
In-School Suspension Rules…….….27
Allegations of Abuse…………….....30
Resources for Sexual
Good Conduct Policy………..….…32
WELCOME TO ANAMOSA HIGH SCHOOL
Dear Students, Parents and Guardians, and Members of the Community:
On behalf of the faculty and staff, I am pleased to welcome you to the Anamosa family. The start of a
new school year gives you the opportunity to set goals, plan a course of action for achieving those goals,
and to reflect on the successes you have had so far in your school career. Take the time to consider
what you want to make of this year. You will be expected to attend classes regularly, to complete
assignments, to meet our school’s expectations, and to model positive behavior. We expect you to meet
the goals which have been set, to carry on strong traditions, and to make Anamosa a better place. Be an
active participant in your education and in your school; we will provide the necessary supports.
The information in this handbook is a framework to familiarize you with key school policies and
procedures. We encourage you to read through the handbook and to refer to it throughout the year as
Our success as an organization is heavily dependent upon the contributions of each member of our
school community. We trust that you will take advantage of the many academic and co-curricular
opportunities that we provide and that each of you will make a commitment to the ongoing excellence
of our school and its programs.
Never hesitate to ask any question and never hesitate to offer any suggestion about how to improve
your school or the education you are receiving. As much as anyone else, you make Anamosa the school
it is. I wish you the very best in the coming year.
Remember, Anamosa begins with you…Go Blue!
Chris Basinger, Principal
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world.
Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” --Margaret Mead
The mission of the Anamosa Community School District is to provide opportunities for all students to
develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to contribute to a rapidly changing global society.
RAIDER FIGHT SONG
Oh when the big blue Raiders fall in line
We’re gonna score a touchdown every time
We’re gonna yel, yell, yell for our old high
And for our alma mater sing our praises high
And we will go, go, go for another score
And we will cheer them, cheer them all the more
For we’re the Raiders of the blue ‘n white, blue ‘n white
Fight, fight, fight!
Yeah blue, Yeah white
Yeah team, Let’s fight
Yeah blue, Yeah white
Yeah team, Let’s fight
Chris Basinger, Principal
Derek Roberts, Assistant Principal & Activities Director
Physical Education & Health
Emily Szawiel Family Consumer Science
Mary Sue Vernon
EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
The Board of Directors will not discriminate in its educational activities on the basis of race, color,
creed, gender identity, socioeconomic status, national origin, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation,
age, or marital status.
The Board requires all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and other organizations doing business
with or performing services for the school district to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws,
executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.
The Board is committed to the policy that no otherwise qualified person will be excluded from
educational activities on the basis of race, color, creed, age, gender identity, socioeconomic status,
religion, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Further, the Board affirms the
right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation,
discrimination, physical harm, and harassment.
Harassment or discriminatory behavior that denies civil rights or access to equal educational
opportunities includes comments, name-calling, physical conduct or other expressive behavior directed
at an individual or group that intentionally demeans the race, color, creed, age, gender identity,
socioeconomic status, marital status, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or disability of the
individual or individuals or creates an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment for education.
RELEASE OF INFORMATION
The following information may be released to the public in regard to any individual student of Anamosa
High School as necessity or desirability arises. Any student, parent, or guardian not wanting the
information released to the public must make their objection in writing to the principal of Anamosa High
Date and Place of Birth
Major Field of Study
Participation in Officially Recognized Activities and Sports
Weight and Height of Members of Athletic Teams
Dates of Attendance
Degrees and Awards Received
The Most Recent Previous School or Institution Attended by the Student
Photograph and Other Likeness and Other Similar Information
THE SCHOOL DAY
1 st : 8:05-8:52
2 nd : 8:56-9:43
3 rd : 9:47-10:34
4 th : 10:38-11:25
5 th : 11:29-12:43
6 th : 12:47-1:34
7 th : 1:38-2:25
8 th : 2:29-3:16
1 st : 8:30-9:14
2 nd : 9:18-10:01
3 rd : 10:05-10:49
4 th : 10:53-11:37
5 th : 11:41-12:50
6 th : 12:54-1:38
7 th : 1:42-2:26
8 th : 2:30-3:16
1 st : 8:05-8:28
2 nd : 8:32-8:55
3 rd : 8:59-9:22
4 th : 9:26-9:49
5 th : 9:53-10:16
6 th : 10:20-10:43
7 th : 10:47-11:10
8 th : 11:14-11:37
Lunch will be available
at the end of the day.
1 st : 8:05-8:47
2 nd : 8:51-9:33
3 rd : 10:11-10:53
4 th : 10:57-11:39
5 th : 11:43-12:58
6 th : 1:02-1:44
7 th : 1:48-2:30
8 th : 2:34-3:16
1 st : 10:05-10:37
2 nd : 10:41-11:13
5 th : 11:17-12:17
6 th : 12:21-12:53
7 th : 12:57-1:29
8 th : 1:33-2:04
3 rd : 2:08-2:40
4 th : 2:44-3:16
1 st : 8:05-8:49
2 nd : 8:53-9:37
3 rd : 9:41-10:25
4 th : 10:29-11:13
5 th : 11:17-12:29
6 th : 12:33-1:17
7 th : 1:21-2:05
8 th : 2:09-2:53
Assembly begins at 2:57.
Any questions regarding bus service should be directed to Anamosa Transportation Director, Matt
English at 462-2392.
Kirkwood students must ride school transportation to and from Kirkwood unless prior arrangements
have been made with administration.
ADVERSE WEATHER & DELAYS
Adverse weather decisions will be announced through the Iowa Alerts, district website, social networks,
and on the following stations: KCRG TV - Channel 9
KGAN TV - Channel 2
KWWL TV - Channel 7
Fire, bus, tornado and other crisis response drills will be conducted in order to practice the proper safe
procedures during emergency situations. Procedures for fire and tornado evacuation will be posted in
The fire alarm is a continuous bell. When the alarm sounds, students will immediately stand and form a
single line leaving through the designated exit. Walk quickly and quietly out of the building with no
passing along the way. Do not stop for coats, books, or any other materials. The first students to the
door will hold it open until all students have left the building.
A tornado signal will be an intermittent tone via the intercom system. Students are to move quickly to
their designated area of shelter. They will then sit on the floor and cover their heads.
Students who pull the fire alarm or who falsely report an alarm, in addition to being disciplined under
school district policy, may be reported to law enforcement officials.
The primary means of communication with students about school related activities is through daily
announcements. Announcements will be read at the beginning of third period by the classroom teacher.
They may also be viewed through PowerSchool and on televisions throughout the high school building.
All announcements will be submitted by teachers, coaches, or activity sponsors. If you wish to have
something included in the announcements, it must be approved by your activity sponsor.
Students will not be called from class to receive messages unless is it an emergency. When students have
messages of a non-emergency nature, the student’s name will be posted on a white board outside the
office and the student may get that message during a passing period, lunch, or before or after school.
However, no passes to class will be issued for students picking up messages.
Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time and should feel free to do so. They should report to
the office to inform us they are in the building. If a parent-teacher conference is desired, an
appointment should be made. All visitors will need to check in the office and be given a visitors pass.
Student visitors only permitted with prior approval from the principal.
VALUABLES IN SCHOOL
Anamosa High School does not assume responsibility for lost or stolen personal items or valuables.
1. Never leave valuables in cars unless the vehicle is locked.
2. Under no circumstances should money or other valuables be left in an unlocked locker, including
P.E. lockers and locker rooms.
3. It is our recommendation that valuables and extra money be left at home.
Students are reminded to respect other people’s property and belongings.
Lockers are provided for each student. The lockers are owned by the school. No suggestive material
will be allowed on or in lockers.
School-owned padlocks may be placed on the lockers on the opening day of school. There will be a
$5.00 fee assessed for any padlock not returned to school. Padlocks other than school-owned will be
emoved from lockers. Students assigned to a locker are responsible for it and may be charged for
damage to lockers. Pop and food should not be kept in lockers with the exception of sack lunches.
Locker inspections are conducted periodically throughout the school year. These inspections are
generally for the purpose of ensuring that lockers are clean and well kept. Students will be present when
their locker is being searched. Any unauthorized items found during maintenance inspections will be
turned over to the principal. Items which are illegal to possess may be turned over to the proper
authorities and suitable discipline procedures will be followed.
In the interest of maintaining the health and safety of the school environment, an administrator, having
reason to believe that a locker contains items of contraband, may conduct an unannounced search of
the lockers for location and discovery of such items. Items of contraband include, but are not limited to,
weapons, controlled substances, and any other item that would be disruptive to the educational process.
Students who place such items in their lockers are subject to school discipline including the possibility of
suspension from school for the remainder of the school year.
Students are to proceed to lunch in an organized manner. Cutting in the lunch line is not only rude to
other students, but will also result in consequences for disruption/insubordination.
Students who have a negative balance in their lunch account will be told on the day they go negative and
will be expected to bring money the following day. Students who remain negative will be provided a
sandwich for lunch.
School lunches are served daily. Inquiries regarding the lunch or breakfast service should be directed to
the Food Service Director at 462-3549.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The following guidelines are intended to help keep our building clean and to promote consistency from
classroom to classroom:
1. Food/beverages are permitted in classrooms only when tied directly to the curriculum.
2. Food/beverages are never to be consumed in the hallways.
3. The only food/beverage permitted in lockers is a sack lunch.
4. Food/beverages are permitted in Student Success as a reward for academic achievement, at the
5. Unflavored, unsweetened water in clear containers may be consumed in classrooms, at the discretion
of individual teachers.
Students with food or beverages in places where they should not be will turn over the food or
beverages to a teacher without argument.
Students with food or beverages in lockers that are not sack lunches may lose locker privileges.
NURSE & MEDICATION
The school provides a nurse on a daily basis. Nursing services cover illness, injury related care, and
dispensing of daily medications. Ill students are to go to the nurse’s office with an agenda pass signed by
a teacher. If the nurse is not present, student should report to the office. Students are never to leave
school due to illness unless first excused by the nurse or the principal’s office.
No medication can be given by the school nurse unless the student brings the medication from home
and the parents have given written permission that the student may take the medication. This includes
prescription and non-prescription drugs. Tylenol may be secured upon request if parent approval has
No student is to have prescription medication at school or at any school event at any time. Such
medications are to be given to the nurse or the coach or sponsor of an activity. It is unlawful to
dispense a prescription medication to another person, and students may be suspended or expelled for
dispensing prescription medications to another student.
The goal of an advisory program is for all students to have an adult advisor throughout school. Advisors
should be a teacher students can trust to go to with any social or academic problems. During Advisory
students will create and work on portfolios for graduation, character education, class-specific activities,
standardized tests, and other business. All students are required to attend Advisory.
Student Success is a program for students at-risk of failing high school courses. The instructor will
provide direct assistance on classwork, organization, and study skill development.
ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL (JRAC)
Students who fall seriously behind in credits and are at risk of not graduating may be admitted to the
alternative school program through Jones Regional Alternative Center in Monticello. A team consisting
of an administrator, counselor, the JRAC coordinator, the school liaison, and the student’s parents will
determine admittance into the program. A number of criteria may be used to prioritize attendance due
to a limited number of student seats.
Alternative school students will be expected to follow the JRAC handbook and any attendance and
academic contracts set for individual students.
BREAKFAST CLUB & LEARNING LAB
Students needing additional assistance on homework and classwork are encouraged to attend Breakfast
Club or Learning Lab. Breakfast Club meets on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30 am in Mr. Wilson’s room.
Learning Lab meets on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm in the library.
All field trips will be cleared and scheduled with the principal in advance. Students will conduct
themselves on these trips in the same manner as they would in the classroom. Students are required to
have written permission from their parents before going on field trips, which involve transportation.
Field trips are an extension of the classroom and attendance is required, unless prior arrangements are
made with the teacher.
A. Official school publications defined
An “official school publication” is material produced by students in the journalism, newspaper,
yearbook, or other classes and distributed to students either free or for a fee in print or online.
B. Expression in an official school publication.
1. No student will express, publish or distribute in an official school publication material which
c. slanderous; or
d. encourages students to:
1. commit unlawful acts;
2. violate school rules;
3. cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of
the school or school activity;
4. disrupt or interfere with the education program;
5. interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere; or
6. infringe on the rights of others.
C. Responsibilities of students
1. Students writing or editing official school publications will assign and edit the news, editorial
and feature contents of the official school publications subject to the limitations of the
student publications code and the law.
2. Students will strive to achieve professional standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity and
thoroughness in each and every aspect of official school publications.
3. Students will strive to achieve professional standards of grammar, usage, punctuation, and
spelling for clarity and accuracy of official school publications.
D. Responsibilities of faculty advisors
Faculty advisors will supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and
journalism and to comply with the law including, but not limited to, the restrictions against unlawful
Student expression in an official school publication will not be deemed to be an expression of the school
district. The school district, the Board, and the employees of officials are not liable in any civil or criminal
action for any student expression made or published by students unless the employees or officials have
interfered with or altered the content of the student expression. The liability, if any, is only to the extent
of interference or alteration of the speech or expression.
F. Appeal procedure
1. Students who believe they have been unreasonable restricted in their exercise of expression
in an official student publication will seek review of the decision beginning with the
publication’s faculty advisor or the classroom teacher.
2. Persons who believe they have been aggrieved by a student-produced official student
publication will file their complaint with the building principal.
G. Time, place and manner of restrictions on official school publications.
1. Official student publications may be distributed in a reasonable manner on or off school
2. Distribution in a reasonable manner will not encourage students to:
a. commit unlawful acts;
b. violate school rules;
c. cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of the
school or school activity;
d. disrupt or interfere with the education program;
e. interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere; or
f. infringe on the rights of others.
CLUBS/CO-CURRICULAR AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Learning does not only take place in the classroom. It is the belief of the Anamosa School District that
providing options for students to explore interests outside of the school day is part of a quality
education. Opportunities available to students are:
Art Club Jazz Band Softball
Archery Marching Band Spanish Club
Basketball Math Club Speech
Cheerleading Mock Trial Spring Play
Club 143 Musical STARS
Cross Country Raider Rhythm Student Council
FFA ROX Track
Football Salt and Light Volleyball
Fit 4 Life Show Choir Wrestling
Golf Silver Cord Yearbook
If a student is interested in a club or activity not listed, he or she is encouraged to speak with the high
school principal about how to start a new club or activity.
POSTERS IN SCHOOL
Any posters must be approved by the administration before they can be hung in AHS hallways or
common areas. All posters must be neatly hung in designated locations. No posters or signs will be
displayed on the trophy cases. All posters should be removed in a timely manner.
Good attendance is very important for student success at school. There may be situations which would
require a student to be absent. In such cases the key to good home/school relationships is
communication. We ask that in all cases of absence you notify the school at the earliest opportunity. In
return, we pledge to be as cooperative as possible with regard to your individual needs.
All students are reminded that you come to school on time regardless if you have study hall 1st period.
Only students who participate in work experience or internship are allowed to come to school late or
leave early according to work or interning hours. These students are required to sign out when leaving
for work experience or internship.
You are expected to be in attendance and to make attendance a top priority. Only through attendance
and class participation do you achieve the benefits of the education program. Participating in class
discussion, developing an appreciation for the views and abilities of other students, and forming the habits
of regular attendance are extremely important. Learning loss due to an absence can never be replaced.
Regular attendance and being well prepared for class makes school success more likely for you. These
habits also prepare you for productive citizenship as adults.
Students who have been absent should have parents either provide a note or call the attendance line
(462-3594 ext 219) stating when, who, and for what reason a student is absent. Students are encouraged
to bring a note or call the attendance line in advance if the absence is a planned absence. If no note or
call accompanies an absence, the student will be marked unexcused and will face unexcused
consequences. Students will have one day in addition to the number of days missed to make up work
accrued during excused absences. Administration will determine if an absence is excused or unexcused.
Students are responsible for contacting their teachers to make sure class work is made up in the
specified period of time. If the work is not made up in the specified period of time, credit for the work
will not be allowed. A student is required to be at school no later than 11:30 am in order to participate
in any school activity during the day or night. Exceptions are doctor or dentist appointments scheduled
without knowledge of participation in the event and approved in advance through the administration.
Students who leave school early due to illness may not participate in events that evening.
Any student who is excused from school for a school activity must make arrangements for making up
the missed work with each teacher prior to the activity.
The following are considered excused absences:
1. Doctor or dentist appointment.
2. Legal appointment
3. College visits (although we encourage you to schedule these during school breaks and
verification of the visit is required)
3. Personal illness (after 3 consecutive days of absence, a doctor’s note is required)
4. Emergencies/Family Business
5. School-related activities
6. Religious/national holidays
7. Immediate family wedding/funeral
8. Other situations will be handled on an individual basis. (At least one day’s notice needs to be
given to the office in order for these absences to be declared “excused.”)
Parents or guardians, through a phone call or note to the high school office, must excuse absences that
are to be excused for one of the above listed reasons within 24 hours of the absence. (Friday absences
must be cleared by the completion of the next scheduled school day.) Absences not cleared within 24
hours will be considered unexcused , and students will not be allowed to make up assignments or tests
during a period for which the student was absent unexcused. Even if a parent calls after the 24 hours,
teachers will have received notification not to excuse the absence and to reduce credit for the work, and
the absence will remain unexcused.
To excuse an absence, parents should call the attendance line at the high school any time of day or night
and leave a message. It is the student’s responsibility to help parents make this phone call. If for a valid
reason a parent is not available to excuse a student who is ill, the student should communicate the
problem immediately to the principal by calling the high school. The high school office will then make
every effort to verify the absence with a parent or guardian.
Students must sign in and check out in the office in order for an absence to be considered excused.
LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS
Any student leaving school grounds after the start of the school day must be cleared through the office
prior to leaving the building. Students will not be allowed to leave without parental consent. If a student
leaves without parent consent, the absence will be counted as unexcused, even if a parent gives consent
later, and all work and tests collected that period will receive no credit. Students must sign out in the
office prior to departure and sign in upon returning to school. No student is ever to be sent on an
errand off school grounds without prior parental permission through the administration office.
MAKE UP WORK
When students are absent it is their responsibility to get assignment(s) from classmates or the
teacher. Parents and students must recognize that, following an absence, the primary
responsibility for obtaining and completing assignments belongs to the student. Students should contact
the teachers for assignments. Students will be allowed one day in addition to the number of days missed
to turn in missed assignments or to take tests unless the student had prior knowledge of the work
before being absent. All missed work resulting from suspension must be submitted upon return.
An Unexcused Absence is being absent from school without the permission of parents and school
officials, or having an excuse not acceptable to school officials. These absences include, but are not
limited to skipping classes, shopping, missing the bus, car problems, housework, hunting, attending
concerts, working on a job, oversleeping, or personal reasons or business. Absences for which there has
been no timely parent’s, guardians, or actual custodian’s contact may also be considered truancies. Most
truancies are a result of students not coming to school and/or leaving school without permission of their
parents and school officials.
A Truant child is one of complusory attendance age (6-16) who fails to attend school anywhere,
accumulates eight days of unexcused instruction per term, or accumulates fifteen days of unexcused
instruction per academic year.
When neither the school nor a parent has knowledge of or has given permission to be absent from
school or class, the following rules will apply:
• Personal contact and/or written notice to parent
• Forty-five minutes of detention per period of absence
In addition, once a student has accumulated eight unexcused absences in a class in a single term or
fifteen days of unexcused absences during the school year, an administrator will request a meeting with
the student, teacher, and parents to create an attendance contract which will outline what must be done
to maintain credit in the class.
If the absences continue and the student has missed in excess of eight days of unexcused absence in the
same term or fifteen days of unexcused absence during the school year, an administrator will inform the
parent/guardian in writing that due to the lack of improvement in the attendance of their child, the
school will be referring the student and the parent/guardian to the District Truant Officer and/or
Superintendent for a hearing.
A student with nine or more truancies or unexcused absences in a given course will likely be denied
credit for that particular course. The student will be placed in a study hall at that time.
The school administration will make the final determination whether an absence is considered excused
*Students of compulsory attendance age (starting the school year 15 years of age or under) will not be
dropped from school for the remainder of the semester. Instead, students and their parents will be
subject to truancy mediation and/or prosecution through the county attorney.
According to Section 299.1 of the Iowa Code, the parent, guardian, or legal custodian is accountable for
the child’s attendance at school. In accordance with 299.8 of the Iowa Code, any child who fails to attend
school as required by the school board’s policy or who fails to attend competent private instruction
under chapter 299A, without reasonable excuse for the absence, shall be deemed truant. According to
Iowa Code 299.5A, parents, guardians or actual custodians who attempt to excuse their children for
illegal reasons or refuses to accept the school’s attempt to assure the child’s attendance will be referred
to the county attorney for mediation or prosecution. When dealing with attendance issues, the principal
will exercise primary judgment concerning the reasonableness of absences and will make the final
determination whether an absence is considered school excused or school unexcused. The principal may
require documentation for absences deemed unreasonable.
Students are expected to arrive at class on time, which means being in the classroom when the bell
rings. The first two tardies to a class will result in teacher intervention including warnings to the student
and notification to parents via PowerSchool attendance reporting.
Students that arrive to a class 10 minutes or more after class has begun will be counted absent and
unexcused (unless the tardy is excused by the office) and will serve 45 minutes of detention. Quizzes,
tests, and assignments done during the time the student is absent and unexcused will receive no credit.
1st Tardy: The teacher will record on PowerSchool and will notify the student verbally.
2nd Tardy: The teacher will record on PowerSchool and will notify the student verbally.
3rd Tardy: The teacher will record on PowerSchool and will be reported to the office on an
office referral form, the student will receive forty five minutes of detention and parents will be
4th and Subsequent: The teacher will record on PowerSchool and will be reported to the office
on an office referral form, the student will receive forty five minutes of detention and tardy will
count as an unexcused absence. Parents will be notified.
Parents are encouraged to actively monitor their student’s progress in courses using PowerSchool.
Printed grades are sent home periodically throughout the school year. At Back to School Night, parents
who access PowerSchool may decline to have printed grades sent home by signing a paper indicating
they do not need paper grades.
The grades at the end of a term (for a term class) and at the end of a semester (for a semester or yearlong
class) reflect final semester grades in those courses. These grades become part of each student’s
GRADING POINT SCALE
A+ = 4.33 A.P. Course are graded on a 5.00 Scale
A = 4. 00 A- = 3.67 B+ = 3.33 B = 3.00 B- = 2.67 C+ =2.33
C = 2.00 C- = 1.67 D+ =1.33 D = 1.00 D- = 0.67 F = 0.00
Student must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher for two consecutive semesters to earn an academic letter.
Academic letters are presented at the Awards Assembly.
DROPPING/ADDING ACADEMIC CLASS
Dropping or adding an academic class must be done within two days of the start of the new term. Also,
students may only have one study hall per term.
In order to graduate from Anamosa High School, students must earn a minimum of 56 credits. Of these
credits, students must earn six credits of math, eight credits of English, six credits of science, six credits
of social studies, four credits of P.E., one credit of Human Growth & Development, one credit of
Computer Applications, and one credit of Portfolio. Students must also attend CPR training. A student
may earn a maximum of five credits in the Kirkwood High School completion program and/or an
approved correspondence program while enrolled in the Anamosa Community Schools.
All teachers at AHS are required to give finals. Finals for block classes will be given at the end of a term
and the end of the semester. Finals for skinny classes will be given at the end of the semester and the
end of the year.
Students will be given the option to opt out of finals. On a class by class basis, you may opt out of a
semester test if
• you have an A in that class and have 4 or fewer excused class periods
• you have a B in that class and have 3 or fewer excused class periods
• you have a C in that class and have 2 or fewer excused class periods.
School related events and funerals will not count toward excused class periods for opting out of finals.
Students with a D or F in a class, regardless of attendance, may not opt out of that test. Students with
two detentions or any ISS or OSS will be required to take all finals.
Even though students can opt out of a final, they may still choose to take that final. If a student can opt
out, but chooses to take the test, that test will only count toward their grade if it improves their grade in
A student may graduate prior to the completion of grade twelve if the course work required for
graduation under Board policy "Graduation Requirements" has been fulfilled by the student. A junior
student wishing to graduate early shall complete an Application for Early Graduation by the end of the
first semester of the year they wish to graduate. A senior student must complete the Application by the
end of the first quarter of their graduating year. If a student misses the application deadline for early
graduation because of extenuating circumstances, they may apply for special consideration to the
Superintendent. The student must have the approval of the Board and a recommendation by the
Superintendent and the Principal.
Students who are in good standing and who meet the graduation requirements set by the Board are
allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony and in senior activities. It is possible that students
who are under disciplinary action at the time of the graduation ceremony or other senior activities will
not be allowed to participate. Students are not required to participate in the graduation ceremony.
However, students wishing to participate in the graduation ceremony must participate in graduation
rehearsal. Students not dressing appropriately for Comencement will not be allowed to participate (no
jeans, shorts, tennis shoes, or flip-flops).
Students enrolled in Kirkwood Academy Courses at Jones Regional Education Center (JREC) must be in
good standing with Portfolio and must attend those classes according to the Kirkwood calendar, which
sometimes means attending class when Anamosa High School is not in session. Student attendance will
be taken at JREC and reported to AHS. Attendance expectations and consequences of Anamosa High
School also apply for students attending courses at JREC. Failure to meet these obligations can lead to
being dropped from the course or impact student grades. Students and parents should remember
courses taken at JREC are dual-credit and create a college transcript as well. Low course grades in a
dual credit class could lead to probationary status or limited or no financial aid. Anamosa Schools will
provide transportation to and from academy courses. Students are required to utilize the school
The basic expectation is that students will conduct themselves responsibly and respectfully at all times.
This conduct is expected while on school premises, while on school owned and/or operated school or
chartered buses; and while attending or engaging in school activities on or off school property. Behavioral
expectations that define what respect and responsibility look like for all areas of the school will be
taught to students, who are expected to meet the expectations.
Students who violate the expectations with inappropriate behavior shall be subject to discipline.
Inappropriate behavior includes behavior that is disrespectful to others or that disrupts the educational
program, the orderly and efficient operation of the school or school activity, the rights of other students
to participate in the educational process or activity, or the educational atmosphere. Disciplinary
measures may include, but are not limited to, reprimand and corrective instruction by a teacher, and
administrative interventions that include notification of parents, behavior contracts, behavior
improvement plans, detention, temporary or permanent removal from class, suspension, and expulsion.
GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS: BE RESPECTFUL; BE RESPONSIBLE!
Conduct Expectations for Common Areas
Be quiet and give full attention when others have the floor.
Use all property as it is intended to be used.
Be positive and respectful in interactions with others.
Maintain an upright posture conducive to learning.
Be on time.
Bring needed materials.
Complete all assignments (including make-up work) on time.
Remain engaged the entire period.
Practice academic integrity.
Bring materials and be actively engaged in academic work or reading for the entire period.
Get permission to leave study hall. Get a prior pass to go to the counselors’ office and
Remain in assigned seat unless teacher gives permission to study with another student.
Collaborate quietly on academic projects, remembering that the librarian has the right to
ask students abusing this privilege to leave the library.
Return materials to the appropriate places.
Students who are sent to the office will...
Come immediately via the shortest route.
Be respectful and considerate of self, others, and property.
Ask permission to leave office.
Students who are visiting the office for assistance will...
Wait quietly and patiently for help.
Be respectful and considerate of self, others, and property.
Walk and enter quietly with no bags or books.
Take seat immediately.
Respect others’ space, keeping hands and feet to self.
Participate respectfully and actively.
Be considerate, quiet, and attentive.
Show appreciation with applause.
Remain seated until dismissed.
Be respectful to cooks, faculty, staff and other students.
Be respectful by never throwing food or other items.
Wait in line patiently.
Speak in conversational voices.
Use good table manners.
Clean up table area before leaving.
Properly dispose of garbage and return trays, silverware, and dishes.
HALLWAYS AND ALL OTHER BUILDING AREAS
Follow directions of school personnel with immediate cooperation.
Walk on the right side of the hallway and keep traffic moving.
Use conversational voices with appropriate, respectful language.
Be respectful and considerate of self, others and property.
Carry an agenda to destinations where a signature is needed to show arrival and departure time.
Leave classrooms only with permission and return to class as promptly as possible.
Consume food and drink in cafeteria only.
Hats are to be left in lockers, and hoods are not to be worn on the head.
The school district is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in
which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. To that end, the
school district has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate
bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and
harassment when they occur. Bullying and harassment of students by other students, school officials,
faculty, staff, and volunteers who have direct contact with students will not be tolerated in the school
district. The school district prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization based on
real or perceived age, gender, race, gender identity, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status,
disability, sexual orientation, physical appearance, physical or mental ability, ancestry, political party
preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, familial status, and/or personality characteristics.
This policy is in effect while students are on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while
on school-owned and/or school-operated vehicles; and while attending or engaged in school sponsored
activities. Harassing and bullying behavior can seriously disrupt the ability of school employees to
maintain a safe and civil environment, and the ability of students to learn and succeed. If after an
investigation a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the student shall be disciplined by
measures up to and including suspension and expulsion.
Harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation,
real or perceived age, gender, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability, ancestry,
political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, familial status or disability means conduct
of a verbal or physical nature that is designed to unreasonably embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb or
trouble students. Examples of such harassment may include, but not limited to: jokes, stares, pictures, or
objects that are intended to cause a student fear, anxiety, shame, or embarrassment. Such behaviors
become harassment when they are unwelcome, pervasive, severe, and interfere with activity and/or
academic performance and when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably creating an
intimidating, offensive, or hostile learning environment.
Harassment as set forth above may include, but is not limited to the following:
• Verbal, non-verbal, electronic, physical, or written harassment, bullying, hazing, or other
victimization that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the
• Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have the purpose or effect of causing injury,
discomfort, fear, or suffering of the victim;
• Implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, property, etc., that have the
purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;
• Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student that have the purpose or effect of
causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim.
Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
• Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition or a
student’s education or of a student’s participation in school programs or activities;
• Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for decisions
affecting the student; or
• Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s performance
or creating an intimidating or hostile learning environment.
Sexual harassment as set out above, may include, but is not limited to the following:
• Verbal, electronic, or written harassment or abuse;
• Pressure for sexual activity;
• Repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications;
• Unwelcome touching;
• Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats
concerning one’s grades, achievement, etc.
The district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of harassment. The administration will
be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging harassment. Retaliation against a student,
because the student has filed a harassment complaint (RP403.8) or assisted or participated in a
harassment investigation or proceeding, is also prohibited. A student, who is found to have retaliated
against another in violation of this policy, will be subject to discipline up and including suspension and
expulsion. The superintendent has the right to discipline students who knowingly file false harassment
It will also be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the investigator and principals,
to develop procedures regarding this policy. The superintendent will also be responsible for organizing
training programs for students, school officials, faculty, staff, and volunteers who have direct contact with
students. The training will include how to recognize harassment and what to do in case a student is
harassed. It will also include proven effective harassment prevention strategies. The superintendent will
also develop a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the policy in reducing bullying and harassment
in the school district. The superintendent shall report to the board on the progress of reducing bullying
and harassment in the school district.
Students who feel they have been harassed should:
· If the student is comfortable doing so, the student should communicate to the
harasser that the student expects the behavior to stop. If the student wants
assistance communicating with the harasser, the student should ask an adult staff
member or principal to help.
· If the harassment does not stop or the student does not feel comfortable
confronting the harasser, the student should tell a teacher, counselor, or principal;
and write down exactly what happened, keep a copy, and give another copy to the
teacher, counselor, or principal including :
1. what, when, and where it happened;
2. who was involved;
3. exactly what was said or what the harasser did;
4. witnesses to the harassment;
5. what the student said or did, either at the time or later;
6. how the student felt; and
7. how the harasser responded.
A student who believes that he/she has been harassed will notify the designated investigator or the
alternate investigator. The investigator may request that the student complete the Harassment
Complaint form and turn over evidence of the harassment, including, but not limited to letters, tapes, or
pictures. Information received during the investigation is kept confidential to the extent possible.
The investigator, with the approval of the principal, or the principal has the authority to initiate a
harassment investigation in the absence of a written complaint.
The investigator will reasonably and promptly commence the investigation upon receipt of the
complaint. The investigator will interview the complainant and the alleged harasser. The alleged harasser
may file a written statement refuting or explaining the behavior outlined in the complaint. The
investigator may also interview witnesses as deemed appropriate.
Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator will make written findings and conclusions as to
each allegation of harassment and report the findings and conclusions to the principal. The investigator
will provide a copy of the findings of the investigation to the principal.
RESOLUTION OF THE COMPLAINT
Following receipt of the investigator’s report, the principal may investigate further, if deemed necessary,
and make a determination of any appropriate additional steps which may include discipline, up to and
including, suspension and expulsion.
Prior to the determination of the appropriate remedial action, the principal may, at the principal’s
discretion, interview the complainant and the alleged harasser. The principal will file a written report
closing the case and documenting any disciplinary action taken or any other action taken in response to
the complaint. The complainant, the alleged harasser and the investigator will receive notice as to the
conclusion of the investigation.
POINTS TO REMEMBER IN THE INVESTIGATION
• Evidence uncovered in the investigation is confidential.
• Complaints must be taken seriously and investigated.
• No retaliation will be taken against individuals involved in the investigation process.
• Retaliators will be disciplined up to and including suspension and expulsion.
If the investigator is a witness to the incident, the alternate investigator shall investigate.
1st Offense: Warning and/or up to 1 day out-of-school suspension.
2nd Offense: 1-3 day out-of-school suspension, meeting held with student, parents, and principal.
3rd Offense: 4-10 day out-of-school suspension, student may be referred to the superintendent
and the school board for possible expulsion.
Use of the Internet must be appropriate. Any inappropriate use of the Internet will lead to loss of
computer privileges while at school. Any attempt to disrupt the district computer network will lead to
suspension from school.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES/CELL PHONES
Electronic devices have become a common means of communication and information access in today’s
society; however, these devices have the potential to disrupt the learning environment. For this reason,
any electronic device that disrupts the learning environment will be confiscated. To avoid disrupting the
learning environment, students should have their devices off and away during class, with the exception of
when they are asked to use it for an educational reason by an instructor. Electronic devices include, but
are not limited to, cell phones, mp3 players, iPods, etc. Acceptable times to use these devices are before
and after school, during passing time, and during lunch. It is not acceptable to receive, check, or make
calls or texts during class, use phones in the restrooms or locker rooms.
First violation: teacher confiscation without argument, item returned to student by teacher later in the
Second violation: teacher confiscation without argument, item returned to student at the end of the day
after principal conference.
Third violation: teacher confiscation without argument, item returned to student at the end of the day
after principal conference and 30 minutes detention.
Fourth violation and any subsequent: teacher confiscation without argument, item must be picked up by
parent after principal conference and half day of in-school suspension.
Use of phones or cameras in restrooms or locker rooms will result in suspension.
Headphones and MP3 players may be used in study hall, during passing times, and at lunch as long as they
are not distracting to other students, adults, or the educational environment. There will be no sharing of
headphones. Immediately after entering a classroom, students are to put them out of sight and turn off
all music. Teachers have the authority to allow and/or confiscate them if they are out.
Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of electronic devices brought to
school. The school shall not assume responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or unauthorized calls made with
an electronic device. If devices are loaned to or borrowed and misused by non-owners, device owners
are jointly responsible for the misuse or policy violation(s).
An administrator may assign students to detention after a student receives an office referral for
inappropriate behavior that a student has been unable to change through teacher interventions.
Office referrals will be written for three kinds of behavior problems: 1) chronic or escalating behaviors in
the classroom that teacher interventions, including notification of parents, have not been able to stop; 2)
inappropriate behaviors in common areas such as the hallways or cafeteria when teacher interventions
are not possible or are unsuccessful; 3) serious misbehaviors that warrant immediate removal from the
classroom, such as blatant insubordination, serious disrespect, or actions dangerous to self or others.
Detentions will be served after school from 3:19 to 4:00 unless school is getting out earlier than 3:16.
When a detention is assigned, a student must serve it by the second school day following the
assignment. Students that are late to detention (arriving after 3:19) will not get credit for serving;
students that do not follow the rules will be asked to leave and will not get credit for serving. Talking,
sleeping, listening to music, and putting one’s head down are prohibited. Students may be asked to
complete assignments such as reading and short essays, designed to help them understand and change
the behaviors that are impeding their learning or that of others. Students without such assignments will
be expected to sit quietly, read, or study.
Any detention received that is not served by the second school day will receive double detention time.
If a student does not serve the doubled detention, an in-school suspension will be given and the
detention time will still be made up. If a student continues to miss detention, the student will receive a
one day out-of-school suspension and will still make up the detention time missed.
Work, extracurricular activities, and sports practices will NEVER be accepted as excuses for failure to
DISMISSAL FROM CLASS
The following procedure will be used whenever a teacher finds it necessary to send a student to the
principal’s office from their class for disciplinary reasons.
First Offense: the student will be sent to the principal’s office for the remainder of the period and
parents will be notified of the consequences (see Part A under Disruptive and Inappropriate Behavior).
Second Offense: the student will be sent to the principal’s office for the remainder of the period and
parents may be asked to attend a conference with the principal, the teacher and the student. (See
Disruptive and Inappropriate Behavior).
Third Offense: a third dismissal may result in loss of class credit and the student being assigned to a study
hall during the time the class would normally meet. (See Disruptive and Inappropriate Behavior).
NOTE: Failure to report to the principal’s office after being sent out of class will result in the
student serving a one day out-of-school suspension for each offense.
DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Relationships are an important part of one’s high school years. It is also important for one to learn
proper restraint in the display of those affections. While at school, it will be unacceptable for students to
fondle, caress, or kiss each other. Couples refusing to cooperate by conducting themselves in a nonapproved
manner will be subject to a parental conference held with the principal and/or other
disciplinary measures. See Disruptive or Inappropriate Behavior: Discipline Measures.
DISRESPECT TO STAFF MEMBERS
Any act which demeans the position of a staff member (employee of the school district or area
education association), the use of profanity or a threat toward a staff member or the refusal to carry out
instructions of a staff member while in the building or on the school grounds, including failure to go to
the principal’s office when asked, is considered to be disrespectful.
First Offense: The student will serve an out of school suspension of 1-3 days and a conference
may be held with the principal and the parents or guardian and the student.
Second Offense: The student will serve an out of school suspension of 3-6 days. A final review of
policy with student and parent/or guardian will take place.
Third Offense: The student will serve an out-of-school suspension of 6-10 days.
Fourth Offense: Permanent removal from course or courses as may be appropriate and may be
recommended for expulsion by the Board.
DISRUPTIVE OR INAPPROPRIATE/INSUBORDINATION BEHAVIOR
Disruptive or inappropriate/insubordinate behavior can take place in the classroom or on school
grounds and is defined as any action that interferes with the educational process of the student or
• 45 minutes of detention time
• Conference with the principal
• In order to reenter class the student must see the teacher during the teacher’s open period,
after, or before school and agree to the behavior the teacher has established as appropriate.
90 minutes of detention and a conference with the teacher, student, and principal. The problem
will be identified and all parties will agree on a remedy. A plan may be drawn up which will
outline minimum behavior guidelines. The student will not be allowed back into class (in-school
suspension during the class period) until they agree to the plan.
Dropped from the class with no credit
DRESS CODE/STUDENT APPEARANCE
Students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the
requirements of a good learning environment. The standards will be those generally acceptable to the
community as appropriate in a school setting.
Students are expected to be clean and well-groomed and wear clothes in good repair and appropriate
for the time, place, and occasion. Clothing that is too revealing or suggestive (i.e. halter tops, bare
midriffs, underwear exposed, spaghetti straps, tube tops) is not be worn at school. Clothing or other
apparel promoting products illegal for use by minors and clothing displaying obscene material, profanity,
or reference to prohibited conduct are not allowed. While the primary responsibility for appearance lies
with the students and their parents, appearance disruptive to the educational program will not be
allowed. When, in the judgment of the school staff, a student’s appearance or mode of dress disrupts the
educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make
modifications. Any time missed to return home for a change of clothes will be considered unexcused.
All coats and back-packs should remain in your lockers and not be in the classrooms. Hats, bandanas,
and headbands are not to be worn in the building during regular school hours. Wearing costumes will
only be allowed during approved events.
FIGHTING AND PHYSICAL VIOLENCE
Any time a student is determined to be a danger to himself/herself or others during the regular school
day or at school sponsored events will result in the following consequences:
Toward a staff member: Out-of-school suspension and recommendation to the superintendent and
board for expulsion.
Toward other students:
1st Offense: The student will be suspended for 3-5 days. A parental conference may be necessary
2nd Offense: The student will be suspended for 5-7 days. A parental conference will be
necessary for re-admittance.
3rd Offense: Student will be suspended indefinitely pending an expulsion hearing with the Board
CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM
Our responsibility in education is to foster responsible learning and work practices. In line with this
concept, cheating and plagiarism will not be accepted. While studying and learning together is a proven,
effective method of learning, copying promotes irresponsibility and dishonesty. In college these practices
are dealt with by course removal with a failing grade or by expulsion. In the work world the result could
e dismissal from employment. We must deal with infractions with similar severity. We do not propose
a one penalty for all situations. Penalties may range from redoing the work to failing marks for the
course. This decision will be made by the classroom teacher after possible consultation with the
Cheating – to practice fraud or trickery, to violate rules dishonestly. Ex: copying off someone’s
Plagiarism – to steal or pass off the ideas or words of another as your own, without crediting the
source. Ex: cutting and pasting a term paper off the internet.
The following list comes from the University of Iowa’s student handbook:
You are plagiarizing or cheating if you:
a) Present the ideas of others as your own without giving credit to the source
b) Use direct quotations without quotation marks and without giving credit to the
c) Paraphrase without crediting source
d) Participate in a group project that presents plagiarized materials
e) Fail to provide adequate citations from materials obtained through electronic research
f) Download and submit work from electronic databases without citation
g) Submit materials written by someone else as your own. This includes purchasing a
term or research paper.
h) Allow someone to copy or submit one's own work as his or her own
i) Copy someone else's exam, graded homework, or laboratory work
j) Submit the same paper in more than one course without the knowledge and approval
of the instructors
k) Using notes or other materials during a test or exam without authorization
l) Not following the guidelines specified by the instructor for a "take-home" test or
exam or accepts credit for a group project without doing one's share
The use of profanity (spoken, written, or gesture in the school building or on school grounds) or
offensive language is not an acceptable standard of the Anamosa School District. Unacceptable language
as defined here will also include religious, sexual, and racial slurs. Students reported in violation of this
standard will be referred to the disciplinary consequences explained in DISRUPTIVE OR
STUDENT PARKING/CARS AT SCHOOL
Cars and motorcycles are to be parked in the designated student lots of the high school and are not to
be moved until dismissal time unless special permission is obtained from the office. Students
transporting students other than immediate family is not recommended. The school is not responsible if
this is done. Students are encouraged to lock their car while they are in school. The school is not
responsible for any items stolen from cars. The principal may restrict or deny driving privileges. Once
cars are on the school premises, they are to stay there until the student’s school day is over. Students
should not be around the cars during the day.
Students are only to park in designated painted parking spaces. Parking where there is no painted space
creates problems for buses and snow removal.
Any student who violates the parking lot rules may be issued a school fine of $5, payable in the office.
Habitual violators may have their vehicle towed at the owners expense.
The privilege of driving to school may be withdrawn by the principal if a student fails to comply with
state law or rules and regulations established by the administration.
SALE/USE/POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL/DRUGS/PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION
The unlawful use, possession, or distribution by a student of alcohol or controlled substances
(including tobacco products and simulated or counterfeit substances, and prescription drugs
without a prescription, including steroids, and all apparatus used for the administration of
controlled substances) is prohibited. Such actions are detrimental to the health and welfare of the
student body and to the welfare and safety of the community. Such use, possession, or distribution
will not be tolerated on school grounds, at school events, or in any situation in which the school is
responsible for the conduct and well-being of young people.
1st Offense: The student will be suspended for 7-10 days and will be referred to local law
enforcement. A parental conference will be necessary for re-admittance.
2nd Offense: In addition to referral to law enforcement, the student will be suspended
indefinitely and a recommendation will be made to the board for expulsion.
Distribution of a controlled substance is considered a detriment to the health and welfare of the
student body and community. Therefore, students determined to be distributing a controlled
substance on school grounds shall be referred to law enforcement, suspended indefinitely and
recommended to the Superintendent for expulsion.
It is the intention of the Anamosa Community School District to provide a healthy learning and working
environment for students, employees, and visitors. With this in mind, no student, employee, or visitor
may display or use any tobacco product on any school building or property. School property includes
any parking lot, sidewalk, athletic complex, bleachers, or other area that is owned and/or maintained by
the Anamosa Community School District.
Use or possession of tobacco will result in the following:
! 1st Offense: The student will be suspended for 4 days and will be referred to local law
enforcement. A parental conference will be necessary for re-admittance.
2nd Offense: The student will be suspended for 6 days and will be referred to local law
enforcement. A parental conference will be necessary for re-admittance.
3rd Offense: The student will be suspended for 10 days and will be referred to local law
enforcement. A recommendation may be made to the board for expulsion.
WEAPONS IN SCHOOL
A student found to be in possession of weapons on school grounds or at school-related activities will be
expelled for one year. (Iowa Code 280.21B)
Weapons may include: dangerous weapons, or any instrument used as a weapon in the schools, including
any object used to intimidate, coerce, scare, or threaten a student, school district employee or visitor.
Dangerous weapons therefore include, but are not limited to clubs, nunchakus, brass knuckles, knives,
butterfly knives, stun guns, BB guns, toy guns used or displayed as a real gun and unloaded guns.
Pocket knives are defined as having blades shorter than three inches and are not welcome at school. Any
student in possession of a pocket knife on school grounds will be suspended for a minimum of three
days. Repeated offenses will lead to longer periods of suspension and/or expulsion.
Vandalism is the accidental or malicious destruction of someone’s personal property or school property
by any means. Any vandalism reported to a law enforcement agency will be dealt with by the court
system. Vandalism not reported to a law enforcement agency will be handled using the terms specified
First Offense: Warning of possible criminal charges, detention time, and full restitution for
damages incurred. A parental conference will be necessary.
Second Offense: 2 Days of In School Suspension. Admission to classes after restitution has been
made and accepted. A conference will be held with the principal, student, and parent/or guardian
to discuss the terms of reinstatement.
Third Offense: A recommendation will be made to the Board for expulsion.
IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION RULES
Students receiving in-school suspension will observe the following rules:
Report to the ICN room at the beginning of the school day
Remain quiet and do not disrupt anyone else serving in-school
Turn in all electronic devices including cell phones and mp3 players
Do not listen to music, sleep, or violate the school’s computer rules
Any student violating the above rules will be sent home for one day of out-of-school suspension and will
not receive credit for any in-school suspension time served. The student will be allowed to come back
to school after a conference with parents and principal. Upon returning to school the student will make
up the in-school suspension time.
The following consequence matrix is provided as a reference for students and parents. It does not
reflect all of the possible handbook violations. Any violation deemed severe by school administration
could result in in-school or out-of-school suspension or recommendation to the board of education for
Warning, up to 1
1-3 day OSS,
4-10 day OSS,
Loss of Internet
for 5 school days
Loss of Internet
for 10 school days
Loss of computer
Loss of computer
Device to office,
Device to office,
parent pick up, 30
Device to office,
parent pick up,
1/2 day ISS
Device to office,
parent pick up, 1
Device to office,
parent pick up,
3-5 day OSS
Device to office,
parent pick up,
5-10 day OSS
Device to office,
parent pick up,
90 minutes of
1 day ISS, parent
3 days ISS 5 days ISS
to change clothes
1 day ISS,
required to change
3 days OSS
1-3 days OSS,
3-6 days OSS,
and behavior plan
6-10 day OSS,
10 days OSS,
to the board for
90 minutes of
to board for
N/A N/A N/A
3-5 days OSS,
5-7 day OSS,
to board for
Failure to report
to office upon
1 day OSS 1 day OSS 1 day OSS 1 day OSS
90 minutes of
7-10 day OSS,
referral to law
to board for
$5 fine $5 fine $5 fine, vehicle
$5 fine, vehicle
towed, loss of
Tobacco 4 day OSS 6 day OSS 10 day OSS,
to board for
N/A N/A N/A
2 days ISS, full
to board for
RULES GOVERNING SOCIAL FUNCTIONS
Events must be approved in advance by the principal. Permission for use of the building for schoolrelated
and non-school related activities must be obtained three days in advance. Students who leave a
school-sponsored function may not return. Middle school students may not attend high school dances;
dates must be under 21 years of age (with the exception of immediate family members).
The Homecoming Dance is open to all students in grades 9-12. In order to participate in the dance,
students must have any behavior consequences made up (no outstanding suspensions or detentions) and
must be in attendance the full school day on the day of or, if the dance is not on a school day, the day
prior to the dance. Their dates must be signed up ahead of time in the office if they are not students of
Anamosa. Dates from outside school districts must be in good standing with their home district and
obtain a signature from their school administrator. Forms for dates may be picked up in the high school
office up to two weeks in advance of the dance and must be returned three days prior to the dance.
The Jr.-Sr. prom will be open only to juniors and seniors. In order to participate in the dance, students
must have any behavior consequences made up (no outstanding suspensions or detentions) and must be
in attendance the full school day on the day of or, if the dance is not on a school day, the day prior to the
dance. Their dates must be signed up ahead of time in the office if they are not students of Anamosa or
are underclassmen. Dates from outside school districts must be in good standing with their home
district and obtain a signature from their school administrator. Forms for dates may be picked up in the
high school office up to two weeks in advance of the dance and must be returned three days prior to the
SEXUAL ABUSE AND HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS
BY SCHOOL EMPLOYEES
Employees who commit acts of intentional physical or sexual abuse, including
inappropriate sexual behavior toward students, shall be subject to disciplinary sanctions up to
and including termination.
Complaints to the District regarding abuse of students by school employees shall be investigated
promptly and in a manner to assure as much confidentiality as possible. Employees shall be
required to assist in the investigation as requested and shall maintain confidentiality of the
reporting and investigating process.
Level One and Level Two Investigators shall be appointed annually by the Board to investigate
child abuse complaints regarding employees. An Alternate Level One Investigator shall also be
appointed. The Level One Investigator is the High school principal with the alternate being
designated as the manager of health services. The Level Two Investigator is the Chief of Police
at the Anamosa Police Station. Appropriate training shall be provided to Level One
Investigators and Alternates.
RESOURCES FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline 1-800-284-7821
Child Abuse Reporting Hotline 1-800-362-2178
Harassment Free Hallways: How to Stop Sexual Harassment in Schools
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY FOR EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The Board of Directors of the Anamosa School District offers a variety of voluntary activities designed
to enhance the classroom education of its students. Students who participate in extra-curricular
activities serve as ambassadors of the school throughout the calendar year. Students who wish to
exercise the privilege of participating in extra-curricular activities must conduct themselves in
accordance with board policy. Participation in these activities is a privilege, conditioned upon meeting
the eligibility criteria established by the board, administration, and individual activity coaches and
sponsors. The principal/activities director shall keep records of violations of the Good Conduct Rule.
The following activities are covered by the board’s policy and these rules:
Athletics, instrumental and vocal music performances, drama productions, speech contests, FFA, National
Honor Society, all co-curricular clubs (e.g., Spanish Club), all honorary and elected offices (e.g.,
Homecoming King/Queen/court, class officer, student government officer or representative), state
contests and performances for cheerleading, Math Club, mock trial, or any other activity where the
student represents the school outside the classroom.
A student must receive credit in at least 4 subjects at all times and make adequate progress toward
graduation to be eligible for extracurricular activities. A student with an incomplete (I), unsatisfactory
(U), or a failing grade (F) (a grade which goes on a transcript) shall be considered “ineligible” for the first
period of 20 consecutive school days in the activity (event) in which the student is a bona fide
contestant. If this event occurs in the last grading period of the school year and the student is a
contestant in baseball or softball, the student is ineligible for next four weeks of that sport but has
eligibility in the fall. Midterm (progress grade) Fs, Is, or Us may be raised to maintain eligibility. Ability to
use summer school or other means to make up failing grades for eligibility purposes is not permitted.
At the end of any grading period, a participant receiving a failing grade in any course where credit is
awarded, the participant is ineligible to participate in any competitive event sanctioned by the Iowa High
School Music Association or Iowa High School Speech association sponsored event or any Iowa High
School Music Association event that is non graded for a period of 30 consecutive calendar days. The
period of ineligibility will begin with the first school day following the day grades are issued by the school
A student with disability who’s individualized education program should not be denied eligibility on the
basis of scholarship if the student is making adequate progress as determined by school officials toward
the goals and objectives of the student’s individual education program.
Good Conduct Rule
Reference: Policy No.: RP 502.1A Under the Good Conduct Policy, any student who participates in
extra-curricular activities is prohibited from possessing, using, transporting, controlling, or transmitting
tobacco, alcohol, or other illegal drugs at any time (year round) during his/her high school career. No
student involved in the above activities shall be involved in any criminal activity that violates local, state,
or federal laws (excluding minor traffic violations). For the purposes of the Good Conduct Policy, eighth
graders who have graduated from middle school are considered high school students. If a student is in
violation of the Good Conduct Policy and is not currently involved in an activity or the length of the
suspension is greater than the length of the remaining season, the suspension will carry over to the
student’s future participation in the next activity that
the student was involved in the previous year, which was completed in “good standing”.
Consequences for violating the Good Conduct Rule
First Offense: Suspended from at least 25% of the public
performances/contests for the remainder of the season with carryover to the next activity. Counseling
from school personnel required prior to reinstatement. If counseling is refused, student will be
suspended for 50% of the season. Student must continue to practice to remain in “good standing”.
Second Offense: Suspended from at least 50% of public performances with carryover to next activity.
Professional counseling required prior to reinstatement. Must continue to practice to remain in “good
Third Offense: A minimum of one-year suspension from co-curricular activities. Professional counseling
and/or treatment required for all third offenses. Reinstatement rules will be enforced and upheld or
student will be permanently removed from co-curricular activities for the remainder of their high school
Based on a strong foundation in federal law, Iowa Code, and by general counselor codes of ethics,
students are entitled to a confidential relationship with their counselor when discussing personal
problems. Section 622.10 of the Iowa Code says, in part
No qualified school guidance counselor....who obtains information by reason of his employment
as a qualified school guidance counselor shall be allowed, in giving testimony, to disclose any
confidential communications properly entrusted to him by a pupil or his parent or guardian…
Exceptions to maintaining confidentiality exist, where the counselor is aware of a serious danger to
health or well-being. For a more complete discussion on counseling and keeping your confidence, please
consult with the counselor.